Nash: We must keep our fo­cus

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - - By Alex Hoad

Bren­dan Nash in­sists Kent can’t af­ford to look too far ahead in their quest for suc­cess on two fronts.

Kent are un­beaten in nine games in all com­pe­ti­tions, have won three on the spin in LV= County Cham­pi­onship Divi­sion 2 and top their group in the Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup.

Nash has been omit­ted from the last three one-day games due to a side strain sus­tained in the dra­matic tie at Sur­rey on Au­gust 5, but hopes to re­turn for the Cham­pi­onship visit of Hamp­shire, which be­gins to­mor­row (Fri­day). He said: “We’ve had a bit of a break from the Cham­pi­onship, but we’re in a good place at the mo­ment – in all com­pe­ti­tions. “It’s been a great start to the one-day com­pe­ti­tion, although it’s quite short and we’re com ing

to­wards the end al­ready. The Cham­pi­onship, we started off slowly, maybe didn’t take some op­por­tu­ni­ties, but we have started fly­ing in that com­pe­ti­tion and it’s been great.

“I think the run in that has some­thing to do with the one-day form, for sure.”

He added: “You can’t look too far ahead, in terms of quar­ter-fi­nals in the Lon­don or any­thing like that.

‘Win­ning pro­mo­tion or tro­phies is a long way off’

how we can main­tain it in both com­pe­ti­tions. It’s one of the chal­lenges of First Class cricket.”

Nash hit half-cen­turies in the wins over Le­ices­ter­shire and Sur­rey in July, but ad­mit­ted his per­for­mances have been ‘ dis­ap­point­ing’ com­pared to a 2013 sea­son which saw him score five Cham­pi­onship cen­turies and av­er­age over 48.

He said: “I have prob­a­bly been more con­sis­tent this year, but with­out the big scores that I had last year, when I was a bit more in­con­sis­tent. For me per­son­ally it’s been a lit­tle more dis­ap­point­ing. I want to turn that around when I start play­ing again.

“Ul­ti­mately you’ve got to per­form to be se­lected, I wasn’t per­form­ing as well as I or the team would have liked in the first three games – maybe the in­jury did come at the right time for the team, but I al­ways like to back my­self to turn it around and come good again.

“I can only put my hand up for se­lec­tion. Trou­ble is there are no 2nd XI games or any­thing in which I can put my hand up for se­lec­tion. That’s where it gets tricky. It’s ba­si­cally how you look in the nets or a hunch that my per­for­mances over the years might count for some­thing if I’m brought into the team.”

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